The Art of War

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The Art of War is the Swiss army knife of military theory--pop out a different tool for any situation. Folded into this small package are compact views on resourcefulness, momentum, cunning, the profit motive, flexibility, integrity, secrecy, speed, positioning, surprise, deception, manipulation, responsibility, and practicality. Thomas Cleary's translation keeps the package tight, with crisp language and short sections. Commentaries from the Chinese tradition trail Sun-tzu's words, elaborating and picking up on puzzling lines. Take the solitary passage: "Do not eat food for their soldiers." Elsewhere, Sun-tzu has told us to plunder the enemy's stores, but now we're not supposed to eat the food? The Tang dynasty commentator Du Mu solves the puzzle nicely, "If the enemy suddenly abandons their food supplies, they should be tested first before eating, lest they be poisoned." Most passages, however, are the pinnacle of succinct clarity: "Lure them in with the prospect of gain, take them by confusion" or "Invincibility is in oneself, vulnerability is in the opponent." Sun-tzu's maxims are widely applicable beyond the military because they speak directly to the exigencies of survival. Your new tools will serve you well, but don't flaunt them. Remember Sun-tzu's advice: "Though effective, appear to be ineffective."
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Collected here in this 4-in-1 omnibus are the most important books ever written on the art of war. The Art of War By Sun Tzu translated and commented on by Lionel Giles, On War by Carl von Clausewitz, The Art of War by Niccolò Machiavelli, and The Art of War by Baron De Jomini. These four books will give you as complete a view on the art of war as you can attain. This is the most important book ever written about warfare and conflict. Lionel Giles' translation is the definitive edition and his commentary is indispensable. The Art of War can be used and adapted in every facet of your life. This book explains when and how to go to war, as well as when not to. Learn how to win any conflict whether it be on the battlefield or in the boardroom. Although Carl von Clausewitz participated in many military campaigns, he was primarily a military theorist interested in the examination of war. On War is the West's premier work on the philosophy of war. Other soldiers before him had written treatises on various military subjects, but none undertook a great philosophical examination of war on the scale of Clausewitz's. On War is considered to be the first modern book of military strategy. This is due mainly to Clausewitz' integration of political, social, and economic issues as some of the most important factors in deciding the outcomes of a war. It is one of the most important treatises on strategy ever written, and continues to be required reading at many military academies. Niccolo Machiavelli considered this book his greatest achievement. Here you will learn how to recruit, train, motivate, and discipline an army. You will learn the difference between strategy and tactics. Machiavelli does a masterful job of breaking down and analyzing historic battles. This book of military knowledge belongs alongside Sun-Tzu and Clausewitz on every book shelf. Antoine-Henri Jomini was the most celebrated writer on the Napoleonic art of war. Jomini was present at most of the most important battles of the Napoleonic Wars. His writing, therefore, is the most authoritative on the subject. "The art of war, as generally considered, consists of five purely military branches,-viz.: Strategy, Grand Tactics, Logistics, Engineering, and Tactics. A sixth and essential branch, hitherto unrecognized, might be termed Diplomacy in its relation to War. Although this branch is more naturally and intimately connected with the profession of a statesman than with that of a soldier, it cannot be denied that, if it be useless to a subordinate general, it is indispensable to every general commanding an army." -Antoine-Henri Jomini
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FastPencil Inc
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Published on
Jul 31, 2010
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Pages
52
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ISBN
9781607469308
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / General
Business & Economics / Strategic Planning
Education / General
History / Asia / China
History / Military / Strategy
Political Science / General
Religion / Christian Church / Leadership
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Written in China in the 4th century BC, The Art of War, by Sun Tzu, is undoubtedly one of the oldest collections of military technique advice and at the same time, the most well recognized and the most extraordinary strategic treatise in the world.
In this e-book you will find the full version of what has definitely been the most consulted manual by military leaders and politicians of all kinds and continents over the centuries.
Prestigious schools of management and personal development use this treatise as their reference textbook and industry and finance managers still consult it today, finding an inexhaustible source of inspiration and meditation within its pages. But what is it that makes a work written about 2,500 years ago so special, so incredibly fascinating and still so relevant?
Some of its features and curiosities are still undoubtedly surprising due to their logic and modernity but its fame stems from its ability to let one analyse and interpret the book at various levels and apply its meaning to all professions and personalities.
The Art of War is not only a strategic manual on war and on the techniques for being successful in battle. In this text, there is a deeper and more intimate path, which deals with the emotional sphere and more precisely with the management of personal conflicts in a proactive way which leads to personal growth.
You will notice that if more closely examined, war, clashes and competition, which apparently seem to relate only to the military world, also relate to the inner and personal dynamic which is shared by each of us.
For this reason, the instructions contained in the Art of War should be taken as essential rules of deep wisdom as they are applicable to any aspect of reality.
This e-book The Art of War enhances the value of the text and it provides the reader with a direct, easy, and very appealing version of Sun Tzu’s work.
The audiobook is also available.
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